Education Minister issues call for voluntary youth capital projects

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
Education Minister John O’Dowd has launched a call for voluntary youth capital projects. o'dowd1The new Voluntary Youth Capital Scheme will make capital grants available for the provision of facilities for the Youth Service. Speaking about the Scheme, Minister O’Dowd said, “Good quality youth work can have a significant impact on the lives of young people, particularly marginalised young people or those at risk of disengaging from formal education. “The scheme I have launched today is a real opportunity for organisations across the North to seek assistance to help making improvements in the services they provide for our young people. “For example, it could be refurbishing premises, improving facilities for people with disabilities, bringing properties up to standard or meeting the needs of young people within Section 75 and those at greater risk of social exclusion/marginalisation. O’Dowd added, “This year’s scheme has been modified and includes a phased approach for applications, with less information required in the initial stages. I hope this revised process will encourage youth organisations, that work hard to support our local communities, to apply and benefit from this potential funding.”
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LearnSpark1The programme will be open to groups registered with the Education Authority and demonstrating the operation of a Youth Service Programme for at least nine hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks per year. Expression of Interest forms can be found on the Department’s website at: and the closing date for Expressions of Interest is Noon on Friday 13th May 1016. Further details of the scheme and the application form will be published on Wednesday 1st June 2016.
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